Pinehurst Interviews Archive

A Pinehurst love story 40 years in the making

It was marriage 40 years in the making.

And it happened right outside the Carolina Hotel on a clear December day. It was 12/13/14 to be exact, an unseasonably warm day at 62 degrees.

For Paul Sebo, it was like a dream seeing Lynda Hall walk down the aisle.

Draped in a sequined gown, the sun hit the bride just right.

“For a brief moment, it looked like she had an aura around her,” Paul said. “The Lord gave us such a gorgeous day.”

The pair exchanged vows in the gazebo on the West Lawn, a spot that brought them together in 1974.

It was Paul who had the idea to build a gazebo. As the manager of several musicians set to perform during the hotel’s Fourth of July celebration, he wanted his singers to have a stage and there simply wasn’t enough room for the crowds inside.

“We said ‘We’ll do it in Pinehurst because that’s where our story began, it began at this hotel, at that gazebo.’”

-Paul Sebo

Lynda, who went by Linda in those days, was the first performer to belt out a song from the gazebo

A few years after that performance, Lynda and Paul parted ways. They saw each other once in 37 years.

The couple reconnected in 2012 after linking up on Facebook.

“We talked for 40 hours that first week, catching up on everything,” Lynda said.

It didn’t take long for Paula, 73, and Lynda, 67, to realize they never wanted to be apart again. As planning for the wedding got underway, they needed to decide on a venue.

The couple had a few options in mind. Paul, who teaches political science at Coastal Carolina University, lives at Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Lynda’s family resides in Kernersville, North Carolina.

“We said ‘We’ll do it in Pinehurst because that’s where our story began, it began at this hotel, at that gazebo,’” Paul said. “For us, it was a no-brainer.”

Read more of Paul and Lynda’s story in The Pilot.

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Michael Campbell and the U.S. Open Trophy

A new clip reminds us why we love 2005 U.S. Open Champion Michael Campbell

By ALEX PODLOGAR

I stood there, baking in the sun and wondering just how I could possibly forget to put on sunscreen.

There were no trees near the practice range at the 2013 U.S. Open at Merion. And in the midday sun, with barely a cloud in the sky, not even the range grandstand could offer relief.

Stand, bake, sweat and burn. That’s all I could do.

And wonder.

The player I wanted to talk to was hard at work, certainly sweating more than me. And, even as I stood there with my amateur video camera – the one with the funny little squirrel microphone that Sir Nick Faldo had made fun of – and feeling very much out of place next to the network heavyweights, this guy was struggling more than I was.

A lot more.

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The Biggest Laugh of the Year

We think the best sound bite in all of golf in 2014 came from Pinehurst.

And it was just one word.

“No.”

Then, raucous laughter, and, if you watch the full clip here, you’ll hear it…clapping.

The biggest story entering the 69th U.S. Women’s Open – bigger than whether Pinehurst No. 2 would hold up (it did, which we heard first from Michelle Wie during the first player news conference of the women’s week) – was how 11-year-old Lucy Li would fare on the world stage in the biggest women’s golf event of the year.

Her team – basically just her mother and father – did not grant interviews before the tournament week, and settled on one media meeting before the tournament – in the large media center interview room on Wednesday. In less than 2 minutes, the little girl had charmed the entire room, breaking up seasoned journalists with quips about her favorite golfers, and in this memorable moment, her dad’s game.

“Can your dad beat you?”

Li giggles, and can barely get the word out.

“No.”

That was it. From there, Lucy Li owned the first few days of the U.S. Women’s Open.

Watch: Lucy Li talking Donald Ross and No. 2…while eating ice cream. #USWomensOpen #Eleven

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And her caddie, Pinehurst’s own Bryan Bush, wasn’t bad either:

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Video: Lewis Black at Pinehurst

Grammy-winning comedian Lewis Black has returned to Pinehurst as part of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s Ultimate Golf Experience, and took a few minutes to chat with us about his feelings about golf, some of those who play it, and Donald Ross, who clearly, Lewis says, had a sense of humor.

We begin with Lewis ranting about what he feels are the worst kinds of golfers (Are you listening, Donald?):

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Sir Nick Faldo on Pinehurst No. 2: “Toughest chipping course on the planet”

Sir Nick Faldo was in Pinehurst for a golf clinic this week, and near the end of the clinic asked if the people watching had played No. 2 yet.

They hadn’t, allowing for a wry smile from Sir Nick.

“This is the only place you might get an enjoyment out of taking a 9,” said the 6-time major champion, who’s pretty good at telling stories at clinics:

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